Biography of C. A. Porter
Marion County, IA Biographies





C. A. Porter, a mine operator, who for the past four years has resided at Knoxville, was born in Mahaska county, Iowa, in 1871, a son of Jerome H. and Mary M. (Stolzer) Porter. The father was born in Ohio but in 1852, when a boy of ten years, accompanied his parents to Mahaska county, the family settling in White Oak township, ten miles east of Oskaloosa. There the grandfather, John Porter, followed farming for some time but his death occurred in Missouri. Jerome H. Porter enlisted in the Federal army before he was fifteen years of age and served for three years in the Civil war. He followed the carpenter's trade, being mainly employed upon railroad work. He spent one year in Mexico, but as his health became impaired he returned to Iowa, where he died when fifty two years of age. His widow survives and lives in Oskaloosa at the age of sixty four. C. A. Porter has two brothers living, R. H., who is a plumber of Knoxville and is mentioned on another page of this work; and Walter, a resident of Oskaloosa.

C. A. Porter grew to manhood in Mahaska county and acquired his education in the common schools. Since reaching adult age he has engaged in various occupations, having been a farmer and also a merchant, while at present he is a coal and lumber dealer. He not only deals in those commodities but operates a coal mine which yields a paying grade of coal in considerable quantity. At one time or another he has also dealt in real estate to a considerable extent, buying, selling and trading residence and business property. He has a native shrewdness and is an excellent judge of values and his many transactions have been upon the whole profitable. He has gained a compe tence and owns his comfortable residence in Knoxville. Mr. Porter was married in Mahaska county in 1896 to Miss Nettie E. De Long, a native of that county and the only daughter of Edward F. De Long. The De Long family settled in Mahaska county in 1842 and in 1847 Edward F. De Long went to the gold fields of California, but in 1850 he returned to Iowa, where he passed away when seventy three years of age. He was a veterinarian by profession but the greater part of his time was devoted to other interests, for he owned a farm and dealt largely in race horses. He was also active in politics. To Mr. and Mrs. Porter have been born three children: Mary M., who will graduate from the Knoxville high school in 1915; and Charles A., a lad of fifteen years, and Ruth N., a child of eight years, both in school.

The, family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and are active in the various organizations connected with that denomination. Mr. Porter is a republican and was the candidate for sheriff of Marion county at the last election and came very nearly being successful. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being a member of the subordinate lodge, the encampment and the Rebekahs, and is likewise a member of the Knights of Pythias. His wife also belongs to the Rebekahs as well. His many friends hold him in high regard, knowing him to be a man of many admirable traits of character.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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